Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Second Last Samurai

Saturday 11th March
Tokugawa's emblem

                            Today was the first game show on my 2017 calender so off I trotted(or drove) out to Straiton to meet up with Colin Jack first picking up Mr Ray and Bill Miller along the way and after a quick trip into Macdonald's for a not so healthy brekkie we all climbed into Colin's mean machine and headed for the not so sunnier climes of Dumfries.We've driven the road to Dumfries many a time passing through Moffat on the way and still Mr Ray hasn't seen the Devil's Beeftub which is a valley north of Moffat where Reiver's used to hide their ill gotten rustler gains as it was a tad misty.
                       We arrived into Dumfries and headed for the Cairndale Hotel where the gameshow was held and set up our show table in record time giving us some time to peruse the rest of the show,stopping off for coffee and a bacon roll on the way.
Before the off!
                          Our game today was based on the Boshin Wars which were fought in Japan between the Tokugawa clan which was the clan of the ruling shogun at the time and followers of three other clans who wanted power to return to the emperor but more than likely wanted power for themselves which is the norm for politicians.Many battles were fought with the Imperial troops coming out on top mainly as they were armed with modern weapons.
The bearskin made yet another appearance.
                             We were using Osprey's Men who would be King rules and proceeded with our first game as the rules are meant for short games.Bill and Mr Ray started the proceedings supervised by myself and Colin but even with our supervision we still found ourselves scouring the rules.It is amazing how much you can forget after 10 days.Must be this over 60 lark.
A couple of pics of Colin's Japanese village.
                             The game lasted for about an hour but even then we had realised that we had overlooked some of the rules and gameplay.
An ageing rock star contemplating his comeback.
                                   One of the fun things about this game is giving the leadership values and traits to each individual squad leader which range from Hero of the Empire right down to Hapless where the leader couldn't motivate his men for love nor money and these traits follow them right through the game.Some of the other traits include Shirker,Cad,Yellow Bellied and Bald as a coot.Not a very serious game.
Satsumas on the move.

These guys are good in hand to hand.
                              After the first game we headed off to see what other games were on offer and what toys were there to buy.This would be the first of a few forages.
Our neighbours who won first prize with A "Seelowe "game

This was a game based on the film "The Warriors" from 1979 which was said to be an outrage at the time but regarded as tame nowadays.

I really fancy a castle.

This wasn't a picture of a game but a very nice looking pint.

These figs took me back to my childhood in the 60's

Some of these figs were for sale and I forgot to go and buy them

Looks like a place to visit this summer.
My apologies about the photos as I had thought that I had left my camera at home only to find it just as we were clearing up so all photos were taken on my phone.

Yet again a very good gameshow albeit very quiet.I bought a few figs mainly WW2 Greeks for our next game at the Gothenburg pub on April 29th.
See you when I see you!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Last Satsuma

Mon 27th Feb

                    Nipped up to Colin's for a dry run of the game we are putting on at Albanich on March 11th in sunny Dumfries.
                                    We are putting on a game using Osprey's rules "The Men who would be Kings"based on the War of the Yang Earth Dragon or as most people know it as the Boshin War.This skirmish took place between 1868 and 1869 with the Tokugawa shogunate and the people would wanted to restore power to the Imperial Court.This war was to be the start of a few rumblings that would end with the Satsuma rebellion and the eventual defeat of samurai power.
 Our plan was to play a couple of games and have suitable knowledge to put on our game at Albanich.The rules we used are very simple and will suffice for a participation game as the actual games last for about an hour at the most.I found that when Colin explained them I understood them a lot better than if I had read them myself.
                              The games played were just straight in your face games so that we could  practise shooting and hand to hand.
Hail Ming

Monday night's alright for fighting.

Well dug in

Not so these chappies

Colin's lads front and centre.

A drone view of my lads

Another of Colin's lot edging forward

And about to be skewered

Fist fight at the end.
A nice evening's toy soldiering and  getting us ready for it's premier gamee on the 11th March.
See you there  or be an equal sided rectangle.
Albanich 2017.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Rebel Cleansing

Wed 1st March

Bill's garage where his brand new Merc is not allowed
Four of us piled into my Golf and headed out for the sunnier climes of Livingstone and the Dacha of comrade Bill to participate in an American Civil war scenario based on the fighting around Iuka in Mississippi.There were seven of us in total and all looking forward to an evening's skirmishing.Everybody except Colin and myself turned up with an awful lot of ACW figures so they were all divvied out and the action commenced with Dave Patterson ,Chief skulker Donald Adamson and our favourite rock star Mr Ray taking the part of Johnny Reb whilst Colin Jack,Dave O'Brien,our host Bill Gilchrist and myself took the part of the damn Yankees.
My boys ready to give a kicking.
Hope fully these are not rebel reinforcements.
 The scenario was for the Union forces to have an unshaken unit occupying crossroads that were under the present charge of the rebels.Our plan was for Colin and my forces to go forward and engage the enemy leaving Bill to bring on his reserves and occupy said crossroads.Dave O'B's intention was to head up our left flank and hopefully take the Rebs from the year.What more could be easier.Ha- the vagaries of the rules made sure that that that wasn't going to happen.
My boys charge a hat.

Heading for a scrap.

The dirty rebs -boo hiss!
  When you make a decision to move with these rules you are usually at the mercy of bad dice rolls which inevitability ends up with your army not getting as far as you had hoped and ending up as cannon fodder for the enemy.Also the abundance of wooded area meant that there was not very much room to maneuver.This came to the fore when my men kept on being disordered meaning they couldn't move much to Dave O'B's displeasure as my forces ended up blocking his way forward leaving the rebel commanders sniggering at our bickering.
Making headway albeit very slowly.

Dave O'B's cunning plan

Looked good to start with.

No quarter in the middle.
                               The force I sent up the middle had an initial success as they made an infantry unit and an artillery unit belonging to Dave P head for the hills but when they made a follow on move towards some of Mr Ray's rebs ended up having the ignominious insult of being the first unit to have a whipped marker on them and it wasn't even Friday night.
Dave's plan about to unravel

Bill's matchwinners-maybe?

Colin slowly making headway.
                                This was to be expected and when the made the inevitable retreat they were replaced by another unit ready to head for the crossroads but alas they were made to turn on their heels and leg it.
Dave and I about to come to blows whilst Donald sniggers.

Come and get it

cold steel abound
                          My forces in the wood made slow headway but didn't get far enough into the wood to escape the whining from one of my fellow generals.What made him even more annoyed was when  Dave P stated that he looked like a picture of Union general Ambrose Burnside that he had which made Dave O'B chunter even more.
The Ambrose Burnside decision with Colin looking more like an engine driver than our army commander
                            Colin's forces were slowly making their way towards Dave P's remaining forces but once again were hampered by horrible dice rolls.Even putting on a Union cap didn't improve his mobility.Bill's reserves came on but didn't do much except to look pretty and as the game was only to last 10 game turns we knew that our battle plan like thousands of other battle plans wasn't going to work.
Colin finally reaches the bad guys

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord"
                          As the game wore on it turned into a stalemate ending up with our forces not getting near the crossroads in the timescale and the Reb generals laughing at our inadequacies and bickering .
                        But it was a great game with it being a pleasure to see all these ACW forces on display and many thanks for the invite to partake and I'm sure it will be an inevitable victory for the rightful north.
                 Scenery and figs provided by Bill with the remainder provided by everyone else except Colin and I whose tastes tend more towards the 20th century.
                          A gorgeous repast was provided by the lovely Helena and was appreciated by one and all.
                          See you when I see you.